The new ten year satellite programme builds upon the CaNoRock programme, the Canadian-Norwegian Student Rocket Programme. CaNoRock has with its two student rockets each year since 2009 introduced about 300 Norwegian and Canadian students to space related subjects. CaNoRock also spawned a student mobility programme, CaNoRock STEP funded by the Center for Internationalization of higher education (SiU).
A new master education
The new student satellite programme, CaNoSat, aims to build and launch five satellites in a ten year time frame. Each satellite will take two years from conception to launch, and the students will be recruited from CaNoRock and other sources.
CaNoSat also includes a new master education where the students will receive 60 points after two years. The points are awarded by the University of Oslo and the University of Calgary.
The CaNoRock programme was launched in 2011 by then Canadian ambassador to Norway John Hannaford. When the current Canadian ambassador, Artur Wilczynski, wanted to attend the launch of the fourteenth CaNoRock rocket, the CaNoSat work group used the occasion to formalize the CaNoSat cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the following organisations:
- University of Calgary
- University of Alberta
- University of Sashatchewan
- University of Oslo
- University of Bergen
- University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway
- The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- The University Centre in Svalbard
- Eidsvoll Electronics
- Andøya Space Center
- Norwegian Center for Space-related Education (NAROM)